Wednesday, September 16, 2009


The one item we did manage to pick up on my Orlando shopping list was the EXPEDIT shelf from ikea. Which was actually the most important item... I do have to say the ikea trip was rather rough because it came right after shopping at the millennium mall next door that had nothing I had ikea has this ability to suck all of your energy away- have you noticed this issue? We were in and out in an hour and it felt like it had taken at least five. And of course ikea is always slammed. Anyway, we got all the way to the display for these shelves and it said that they were out of stock in the white... it was a total bummer but I know that this happens all the time at ikea so I tried not to let it get to me... actually I told uber it saved him some money because there were some small items I was going to get but I didn't feel like waiting in line for. Anyway we checked the warehouse area anyway and it turned out that had a bunch of the shelves in stock! So mission accomplished.

I don't have much respect for ikea stuff it tends to not be made well but I do have to say this shelf is very sturdy and didn't take terribly long to assemble.
I bought the shelf because it is the exact size of the opening for our closets in the guest bedroom and study. We decided to try it out first in the study and we will buy a second one for the guest bedroom on our next trip. Uber removed the doors from the closet. We are going to store them in the attic for the time being because I wanted the closet opened up for workspace.
So here is the first peek at it. There is a lot more that we are going to do with the closet area but this is the first step. And since I am really not sure how long it is going to take me to get to the next steps I figured I would show you what I had so far!

The ultimate plan is to paint the closet with an accent color. Remove the wire shelf and replace with a floating shelf, raise the ikea shelf up on feet to counter height and top it off with a counter top to make the whole thing feel built in... it wont be done to be permanent since the next person to own the house may not want it and we will make it so the closet doors will still work with it inside.
I found the paper and ribbon shelf sitting on top at Michael's, I think it is a new product they are carrying, I really like them I might run by and pick up a few more of the cubes I think they have about 10 variations with drawers and all sorts of things, they are stackable and they even sell counter tops to be attached across the tops of them. I was in the study cleaning and thinking I could really use something to organize all the random paper I have and then I walked into Michael's and they had this line all on promotion at 50% off. So I grabbed the ribbon thing too. I never realized I had so little ribbon! I think I am going to have to go shopping!
Oh and this is a picture of the whole room so you can see it's a mess. Uber wanted you to see it. He was making fun of me for taking a picture of the closet from the one angle that you couldn't see all of the mess from. So to get him back I took it with him in it.... he is part of the mess you know...
I had some fun this weekend on etsy and ordered a bunch of fabrics for my nonexistent stash. I am loving these prints. I am hoping they allow me to finish a few projects that I have started. I am realizing that you really need to have fabric on hand. I didn't buy a lot of it I am hoping I don't regret it later because these prints are pretty awesome. Alright I have to get to church.


corinnea said...

I love what you're doing! Well, I always love what you're doing...

Only one mistake on the fabric photo, you didn't tell us what lines they are. What if we want some to?

insanely crafty said...

oops sorry here is what's there (in no
particular order)

Anna Maria Horner, Small Gathering in Sea, Good Folks
Anna Maria Horner, Fortune in Chocolate, Good Folks
Robert Kaufman Pears in Brown, Fruit Basket Fabric
Studio e, Birds in Brown, Naturology Fabric
Art Gallery Fabric by Patricia Bravo, Chalky Silhouettes, Spellbound Fabric
Amy Butler, Dandelion FIeld in Forest, Daisy Chain Fabric
Amy Butler, Clematis in Grey, Daisy Chain Fabric
Erin McMorris, Sophie's Garden in Green, Wildwood Fabric
Amy Butler, Coreopsis in Peach, August Fields Fabric
CLOSEOUT, Joel Deweberry, Bloom in Glacier, Ginseng
Amy Butler, Daisy Bouquet in Forest, Daisy Chain Fabric
Valori Wells, Tango in Teal, Del Hi Fabric
Michael Miller, Ta Dot in Raspberry, Jewel Tones Fabric
Monaluna, Foliage in Summer, About Town Fabric
Anna Maria Horner, Filigree in Sun, Good Folks Collection
Heather Bailey, Zig Zag in Peach, Pop Garden Fabric

Jennifer said...

I love orginizing! And of course love the fabric!

MaynardG said...

There's the man...working for a change. haha! What's funny is that I just finished fixing and adding on to our closet shelf just a few days ago. Ahh..Jan and I miss IKEA. The closest one to St.Louis is up in Chicago, some 9 hrs away. Forget that.
John D.

Kelly's Korner said...

Ooh! I really like how you used the space in the closet and how it looks without the doors. And the fabric is yummy!

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